NBA Analyst Believes Lakers Losing to Miami Will Severely Affect LeBron James’ Legacy

Published 09/29/2020, 10:00 PM EDT
Sep 26, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers players Dwight Howard (39), LeBron James (23) and Kyle Kuzma (0) celebrate against the Denver Nuggets during the first half in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


What comes to your mind when you see the Los Angeles Lakers enter the NBA Finals after a decade? Yes, sureky, this is a milestone and quite an achievement. Everyone is rooting for LeBron James to pull off one of his greatest performances. However, what will transpire if they lose? Well, looks like one NBA Analyst has the answer to this question.

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The Lakers need to win to save face

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Broussard has extreme opinions about the Miami Heat and Lakers NBA Finals matchup. While he also has faith in the Lakers beating the Heat, he also feels that if a loss will be extremely humiliating. “We’re acting like LeBron just went to the Lakers with Rodney Hood, Kyle Korver, and George Hill and won the West. No, he added Anthony Davis. It takes nothing away from LeBron. But just that’s a part of the narrative too,” Broussard said on First Things First.

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Chris also stated, “Now, LeBron knows the deal. He’s right on the money. Nick’s [Nick Wright] right, they’re gonna win it. But LeBron’s right in saying ‘It don’t mean jack if we lose.’ When you’ve been to the Finals nine times, especially when you’ve lost six, getting back means nothing.”

On top of that, he said that the Lakers losing to Heat will be like the Heat losing to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. “This, if LeBron somehow didn’t win this championship, it would be one of the worst biggest upsets in NBA history. It would rival the Dallas loss in 2011 as the worst of LeBron’s career if not surpass the Dallas loss.”

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Why should they win against the Miami Heat?

Chris has all the reasons listed as to why the Lakers have an upper hand over Miami Heat. “That’s how overwhelmingly favored the Lakers are. Because they’ve got the two best players in this series by a mile. They’ve got the most experienced roster by a mile. They’ve got a more talented roster. They were the better all year. They’re facing a freaking fifth seed from the East. This would be a colossal failure if LeBron and the Lakers didn’t win. And they will win it,” he concluded.

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This certainly puts the Lakers under a lot of pressure. They may end up worrying about not winning more than getting the win. Do you think it’s possible the Lakers end up losing?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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